I recently saw an idea for tracking goals on a quarterly basis. I love the idea, so I’m going to give it a try. I mostly like the categories she uses at She Picks Up Pennies, but not all of them apply to my blog, so I’m changing them up a little.
Here are my third quarter, or July - September, 2019 goals:
Clutter has been an ongoing battle for us. We actually started the year off great, and made a lot of progress in getting rid of things we don’t use. Unfortunately, though, we’ve slowed down lately in our efforts to conquer our clutter.
I definitely need to go through my clothes again, so I plan to do that this quarter. Beyond that, conquering the clutter is a little harder to quantify. We’ve gotten rid of a lot of clutter and excess things, so have small, random things left. We’ve also started to reach the point where taming the clutter doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of things, but it does mean we need to implement some better storage systems, and generally organize some things.
I still need to lose more weight, so that’s an ongoing goal. I’m getting somewhat close to a weight that isn’t where I need to be, but that would be a real milestone for me. I thought about setting reaching that weight as my goal for this quarter, but I’m trying to break old/bad habits when it comes to weight loss (and gain in my case!), so I’m choosing less focus on a number (though, if I hit that number, I will be thrilled!), and more focus on some of my habits.
My exercise of choice is the treadmill and swimming laps. I haven’t done any strength building or weight lifting exercises, so this quarter I plan to incorporate some upper body weight lifting exercises into my weekly exercise. I’d also like to increase my lap distance. 35.2 laps in the pool at our gym is a mile. My personal best at one time is currently 20 laps. I’d like to get that up to at least 30.
Food is of course a huge part of health, and of losing weight. My approach so far has been trying to make healthier substitutions for most things. That seems to be mostly working, so I plan to continue that. I also need to work on incorporating more vegetables.
This will most likely be a much longer post or two at some point, but I have a lot of room for improvement here. I’m finally beginning to realize that sudden, major changes don’t work for me with anything. I do much better with small, consistent modifications that become habits.
So my goals for this quarter are to switch from paper napkins and paper towels to cloth napkins and reusable cleaning rags. Realistically I don’t expect to ever completely stop buying and using paper towels, but I think I can drastically reduce the amount. My other goal is to compost more. I’ve never been very consistent when it comes to composting, so I plan to become much more diligent about making sure that compostable items actually get composted rather than trashed.
I definitely plan to read more. Over the years the time I spend watching TV has crept up, which automatically leads to less reading. My goodreads goal for the year is 52 books; a book a week. I’m a few books behind, but it’s definitely a goal I can still make, so I plan to be on schedule with number of books read this quarter.
I also need to focus on reading some nonfiction. I love fiction, and it will always be my first choice, but I think some nonfiction would also be beneficial. I read a lot of historical fiction, so I think I may start to supplement that with some nonfiction related to the historical fiction.
I’m also still trying to learn to crochet. My progress is very slow, but I’m enjoying it. I think I finally have the single crochet figured out. I’m currently trying to learn the half double crochet. At the moment it feels like I will never get it, but as Nick pointed out, I said that about chaining and the single crochet, and I seem to be able to do those now. My crochet goal for the quarter is to learn two more stitches.
I’ve barely blogged at all this year, and I miss it. It seems to always be one of the first things I let go, but I think I’m happier when I write and post on a more regular basis. My blogging goal for this quarter is to post at least three times a week.
In looking over my list I kind of feel like the human version of a fixer upper house! I definitely have a lot to work on.
As I’m sure you noticed, the pictures aren’t really related to this post. I took them earlier this year when those flowers were blooming, but never got around to posting them before now. They’re late, but still pretty.
So what about you? How do you track your goals and the progress you’re making on them? Are you working on anything in particular right now?